February 15, 2016
OSWEGO, NY: KAITLYN: MARDI GRAS, A CULTURAL CELEBRATION HAS A DEEPER MEANING THAN MOST ARE LEAD TO BELIEVE.
KIMBERLY SMITH/STUDENT EVENT COORDINATOR: “It’s important to understand how other cultures celebrate.
KAITLYN: THE CELEBRATION ESTABLISHED IN 1718 IN NEW ORLEANS BECAME A YEARLY RITUAL WHERE A;; GATHERED TO CELEBRATE WITH RICH FOOD, COLORFUL COSTUMES AND MUSIC BEFORE THE SEASON OF LENT BEGAN.
KIMBERLY SMITH/STUDENT EVENT COORDINATOR: “The purpose of the vent was to incorporate different cultures such as the Canadian Culture, the Hatian Culture, the Americanized New Orleans Culture and the Italian Culture. And it’s important to bring people together to see how others celebrate a very well known tradition such as Mardi Gras.”
KAITLYN: SUNY OSWEGO BOUGH THE CULTURE OF NEW ORLEANS TO THE MARANO CAMPUS CENTER WITH MORE THAN 100 STUDENTS IN ATTENDANCE. STUDENTS WERE GIVEN THE CHNACE TO LEARN ABOUT AND EXPERIENCE THE CULTURE RELATED TO THE CELEBRATION OF MARDI GRAS.
EARNEST WASHINGTON/DIRECTOR OF CAMPUS LIFE: “It’s definitely an educational event because of the different cultures attached to this event. Another one as the actual diversity and inclusion piece of it.”
KAITLYN: SUNY OSWEGO’S MARDI GRAS EVENT FEAUTURE NEW ORLEANS INSPIRED CUSINE, DECORATIONS AND MUSIC AND A PERFORMANCE FROM THE STEP TEAM TO REPRESENT THE DIVERSITY OF CULTURES.
KAITLYN: SUNY OSWEGO WILL CONTINUE TO HOST EVENTS SUCH AS MARDI GRAS TO INTRODUCE NEW CULTURES AND CUSTOMS TO STUDENTS; AN EDUCATIONAL AND FUN EXPERIENCE ALL IN ONE.
KAITLYN: KAITLYN GENARI REPORTING FOR WTOP 10 NEWS.